Alternative Horizons: The Master of Architecture (International) RIBA Part-2 Programme Thoughtful vision, social-environmental engagement and enhanced skills: these themes drive the projects executed by our students’ in the M.Arch programme this academic year 2019-20. Working through the Unit structure for the first time, students explored the two Units’ focused frameworks of theories, challenges and representational apparatus to re-imagine alternative futures for cities in the UK’s north.
The architectures of the post-human condition and of marginalised minorities marked entries of the Re-Imagining Huddersfield Unit; the affordances of technological advances are interrogated to their limits looking for alternative spatial formulations. In the Radical Commons Unit, addressing the impending flooding caused by the environmental crisis in Kingston-upon-Hull yielded strategies of “living with water” that redefined conceptions of the commons: an urban fabric elevated on a new technical ground, or canal systems that absorb flooding, generate renewable energy and redraw the city’s map on more just terms for all species in the city. Within each Unit’s framework, tutors urged students to pursue their dissertations and design theses with a persistent passion drawn from their individual ambitions. The diversity of projects in the M.Arch 2019-20 catalogue reflect the aspirations of an emerging generation of designers, thinkers and global-citizens.